Road extension on Angels agenda

March 16, 2003 11:00 pm

By SUNNY LOCKWOOD

Angels Camp City Council tomorrow will consider adding the Angel Oaks Drive-Greenhorn Creek Road extension to the list of roads benefiting from the city's traffic mitigation fee.

Those building new homes or commercial buildings pay the fees when they get their permits, and the money is used for road improvement.

If the hoped-for Angel Oaks Drive-Greenhorn Creek road extension is added to the list of roads covered by the fee, the fee would increase, said City Administrator Tim Shearer.

The move could also make federal and state grants available for the extension, he said. And that is part of the reason to include it on the list.

Councilman Curly Middleton for many years has urged the city to work on extending the Angel Oaks Drive-Greenhorn Creek Road to Highway 49.

The road begins on Highway 4 and, if extended, would bypass the historic downtown area and connect to Highway 49 south of town.

Middleton and others have argued that the extension would prove a safer route for people driving RVs or pulling boats.

However, securing federal or state funding for such an extension is difficult. Shearer said if the extension is made eligible for fees, the city could begin saving a percentage of the fee to build the road.

"If we can show that we've been saving money for the extension, it will increase our ability to get grants to make the extension actually happen," he said.

The fee for homes averages $3,000. Fees vary by such variables as the size of the buildings.

The drawback to adding the road extension to the list, Shearer said, is that fees will go up. He could not estimate by how much, however.

Also tomorrow, the council will discuss transient occupancy taxes paid by tourists and visitors who stay in motels, hotels, bed and breakfast inns and other commercial lodgings.

The city has scheduled a vote in May over raising the TOT from 6 percent to 10 percent.